RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – One month ago, state budget cuts forced more than two dozen satellite driver license offices across the state to shut down.
Wednesday morning, one of those examination offices reopened in Russellville, albeit on a very limited basis.
It’s the first day in more than a month residents have been able to seek exam services without driving out of Franklin County.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officials said they will open the Franklin County Courthouse office one day a month.
”We appreciate them very much for opening up at least once a month, that’s a start,” explained Franklin County Probate Judge Barry Moore. “Hopefully we will go back to once a week is what we would like to see, but this is a start.”
Twenty-nine of the state’s 31 offices that were closed due to an $11 million budget cut will reopen one day a month.
Judge Moore said his office will continue to service drivers who simply need renewals. But if they don’t make it by the examiner’s office on the first Wednesday of every month, they will have to travel.
”We can do the renewals,” Moore said. “But if you’re going to take a test, get a new license from an out of state license, then that is going to have to be done through the state.”
ALEA officials said the satellite driver license locations will be staffed with existing examiners, and they will absorb the travel expenses associated with opening the offices.
For a complete listing of when the satellite driver license exam offices will be open, ALEA has provided the following information for residents.